Cyprus official has revealed that the hijacker has emerged from the aircraft with hands held up and all the passengers have been freed from an EgyptAir plane that was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus on Tuesday.
A hijacker seized an Egyptian airliner and diverted it to Cyprus, triggering a hostage crisis at Larnaca airport on the south coast.
The hijacker contacted the control tower at 8:30 am (0530 GMT) and the plane was given permission to land at 8:50 am, Cyprus police said.
However, The hijacker made no immediate demands and later allowed Egyptian passengers to leave.
“The negotiations with the hijacker have resulted in the release of all the plane passengers with the exception of the crew and five foreigners,” the airline said in a statement.
The hijacker had not made any concrete demands so far, said Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy, who declined to give the nationalities of the passengers still on the plane.
He declined to identify the hijacker. Egyptian state TV had earlier named a passenger as the hijacker but his colleague later told Reuters he was one of the victims.
Egypt is sending a plane to Cyprus to pick up stranded passengers, some of whom had been traveling from Alexandria to Cairo for connecting flights abroad.
The Egypt Air plane was headed from the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria to Cairo with 81 passengers on board when it was seized, Egyptian civil aviation said.
Larnaca is no stranger to hostage crises. Several hijacked planes were diverted to the airport in the 1970s and 1980s.
(With agency inputs)